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Brothers of Destruction

The Lemon Twigs album “Brothers of Destruction”, is a six-track EP of previously unreleased material.

Released 22nd September, Brothers of Destruction was written and recorded by the D’Addario brothers – Brian (20) and Michael (18) – on their 8-track at home in New York during 2015, not long after recording their debut album, Do Hollywood.  The half dozen songs, most of which already feature in The Lemon Twigs’ searing live shows, will be made available digitally and as a 12” vinyl.

“In the beginning of 2015 we had songs left over from the Do Hollywood sessions, so we decided to record them at home in New York on our 8-track.  Many of you will recognize some of the songs from our live shows.  They’ve changed a lot over the past year, but these are the original versions.  We consider the EP the last chapter of the Do Hollywood era of our group. So enjoy!”

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The Lemon Twigs have released a video for “Never In My Arms, Always In My Heart,” off their most recent album Go To School, out now through 4AD. The video was directed by frontman Michael D’Addario, who also stars in the video, and Winston H. Case.

Go To School is a glam-inspired concept album about a chimpanzee raised as a human boy—no, seriously. That sort of free-wheeling fancy made the album one of the most effortlessly fun listens of the year, and “Never In My Arms” acts as the introduction to the world that the D’Addario brothers built for us.

It’s a bit jarring, then, that the video is so … depressing. That’s not to say it’s not fun, because it is, in a darkly ironic sort of way. But the story it tells is a far cry from the outlandish fantasy of a chimp in a human’s world. The video follows the trials and tribulations of a barfly couple and their (very publicly) dissolving relationship, It’s the sort of sad scene you might see unfolding at a local watering hole at 8 p.m. on a Wednesday.

“Brian and I played in a whole lot of Long Island bars growing up, and man, we met a lot of people like this,” Michael D’Addario says in a statement. “Sometimes the Long Island mothers would gossip and you’d hear a sad story like this one, and somebody would end up with a tattoo that said ‘Never In My Arms, Always In My Heart.’ A weekend in Hicksville.”

‘Never in My Arms, Always in My Heart‘ is taken from The Lemon Twigs‘ second album ‘Go to School’ out now on 4AD Records,

The Lemon Twigs will be touring throughout November, and will start up again in January of next year


The Lemon Twigs’ new album, Go To School, is now released on 14th September).

Go To School is a musical that tells the coming-of-age story of Shane, a pure of heart chimpanzee raised as a human boy.  Conceived by brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, the 15-track opus was written, recorded, produced and mixed by the pair at their home in Long IslandTodd Rundgren and D’Addario’s mother Susan Hall play Shane’s parents, with further contributions on the album from Jody Stephens (Big Star) and their father Ronnie D’Addario.
The band will host a Reddit AMA today on the Indieheads sub, head here from 3:30pm EST to join in. They are also confirmed to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 4th

‘The Fire’ from The Lemon Twigs‘ new album, ‘Go To School’, out on 24th August.

“Brilliant. A glorious mix of cheerful pop innocence, vaudevillian musical theatre and progressive-rock complexity with a touch of punk attitude thrown in for good measure.”
– The Times (5/5)
“Cherish The Lemon Twigs because they are a rare proposition in today’s conformist pop culture.” – The Independent (4/5)
“Go To School is a blast, a joyous, ridiculous journey that treads a perfect line between silly, funny and heartbreaking.” – Uncut (8/10)
“A once-in-a-generation epic.” – The Line of Best Fit (9/10)
“A rich wall of sound, all intricately arranged orchestration and sublime, multi-layered harmonies, you’re left swooning to a gorgeous swoop of lush instrumentation.” – Q (4/5)
Brian and Michael D’Addario prove themselves capable of pulling off the preposterous.” Dork (5/5)
“Bright, fast-moving with pysch-pop” – Stereogum
“Playful, addictive” – Consequence of Sound
“A sunny, psych-neighboring tune… exhibits a sort of jangly, jumpy rock, its ties to The Beatles readily discernible” – Paste 

Go To School



The Lemon Twigs‘ most ambitious project yet, Go To School is a concept album about a chimpanzee named Shane who is adopted by childless aspiring musicians and raised as a human. Written, Recorded, Produced and Mixed By Brian and Michael D’Addario in their Long Island home studio, the album features Todd Rundgren and their mother Susan Hall’s vocals as Shane’s adopted parents, as well as Jody Stephens of Big Star on drums, Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood providing backing vocals and a host of string and horn players, some of which taught the Brian and Michael in school.

The Lemon Twigs new album is their most ambitious project to date: their second album, Go To School , released on 24th August 2018 .  A musical conceived by brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, the 15-track opus was written, recorded, produced and mixed by the pair at their home in Long Island.

Go To School tells the heartbreaking coming-of-age story of Shane, a pure of heart chimpanzee raised as a human boy as he comes to terms with the obstacles of life.  Todd Rundgren and the D’Addario’s mother Susan Hall play Shane’s parents.  The album features contributions from Jody Stephens (Big Star) and their father Ronnie D’Addario.  The album drops on August 24th, and follows the breakout success of their technicolour debut full length ‘Do Hollywood’.

The album is dazzling in its ambition, not least because the Lemon Twigs are in earnest. Go to School seems at first to have a lot in common with the music of Sparks, which features another pair of brothers. Ron and Russell Mael also have a theatrical streak and an impressive command of musical sounds and styles, along with a propensity for sardonic lyrics and a deadpan delivery. The D’Addarios, by contrast, seem genuinely interested in sussing out the motives of their characters, and they work to make them more than caricatures. That is, for an operetta where no one questions why the protagonist is a chimpanzee passing for human and attending high school. Anyway, the bully, Shane, his parents: they’re complicated people, and the D’Addarios are sympathetic storytellers. True, it’s a batshit crazy story, but the Lemon Twigs make it compelling, highly tuneful and undoubtedly more memorable than an album of indie-pop songs would have been

The material will be previewed at a select batch of fan only shows, Referring to the contents of the record Brian and Michael D’Addario hint: “Something now, then, big, small, bleak, and hopeful. All in under an hour.”

‘If You Give Enough’ from The Lemon Twigs‘ new album, ‘Go To School’, out on 24th August.

The Lemon Twigs - Release New Songs, 'Foolin' Around' & 'Tailor Made'.

Brian and Michael D’Addario are currently putting the finishing touches on The Lemon Twigs’ second album for 4AD Records, which they’re making in their 24-track analog basement home studio. In the meantime, they’ve just released two new songs — “Foolin’ Around” and “Tailor Made” — both of which are in much more of a straight-up rock style than anything on The Lemon Twigs Do Hollywood, pulling from ’70s riffers like Big Star, Cheap Trick and Thin LIzzy. These tracks won’t be on the new album

Foolin’ Around‘, from ‘Foolin’ Around/Tailor Made’ EP. Released on 28th March on 4AD Records.

The next record’s a musical and, naturally, any song that didn’t fit the concept we left off. “Foolin’ Around” was written by Michael. I think that we both wanted to write some songs that didn’t digress at all musically and were clear in meaning. “Tailor Made” was written by both of us when we were playing acoustic guitars together, which isn’t typically the way we write. It’s the first truly co written song that we’ve released

‘Tailor Made’, from ‘Foolin’ Around/Tailor Made’ EP. Released on 28th March on 4AD Records.

Do Hollywood

Anyone curious about how two teenage former child actors from Long Island came up with the idea of sounding just like Todd Rundgren in 1972 is advised to visit YouTube, where Brian and Michael D’Addario’s dad, Ronnie, can be found doing pretty much the same thing a few decades earlier. His sons, it should be said, occupy the ground with rather more dash and flair: “Do Hollywood” is an album that sounds completely unconstrained by any idea of what’s appropriate. So Harromata goes from a harpsichord-led ballad intro into a berserk fairground carousel break; “A Great Snake” lasts nearly seven minutes, squiggly synths, guitar solos, lounge music coda and all. Thankfully, though, they can write tunes – “These Words” is the missing track from side one of Rundgren’s Something/Anything, with a harmony chorus that expands like a hot air balloon. Do Hollywood is a curiosity, but a pretty glorious one.

It’s entirely APT – almost too good to believe, in fact – that Brian and Michael D’Addario hail from a small, nothing-doing town in Long Island, New York called Hicksville.

The teenage brothers and leaders of The Lemon Twigs are a gloriously off-kilter proposition. Watch them live and you’ll see Michael leaping around the stage as if he’s been possessed by the spirit of a young, madcap Keith Moon. See them on TV and you’ll instantly think you’ve been transported back to the 1970s. Queen, Tom Petty, spandex jumpsuits, vintage synthesizers, The Beatles after the break-up and genuinely great hair all play a sizable part in their DNA. Haircuts aside, how many other indie bands in 2016 would willingly admit to liking any of the above? This is where even The Lemon Twigs must be surprised at their recent trajectory. Within six months they’ve gone from complete unknowns to being hailed as the future of rock ’n’ roll. Which is funny when you think about it – because they sure do sound a lot like the past.

On much of ‘Do Hollywood’, their debut album for 4AD, there’s a lineage that recalls the A-list of North America’s recent cult music heroes (The Garden, Tobias Jesso Jr and Foxygen, whose songsmith Jonathan Rado produced this record). But The Lemon Twigs’ sheer musical knowledge, and willingness to incorporate it into their own sound, means they’re in a different stratosphere altogether. Their greatest talent is their ability to pick the pockets of rock’s dinosaurs without making it seem passé or pastiche. So we get clever, intricate, well- planned and deftly executed songs that recall Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd (‘Haroomata’), Wings (‘I Wanna Prove To You’), The Kinks (‘Those Days Is Comin’ Soon’) and classic, harmonious Beach Boys (‘These Words’). Only rarely does it ever sound trite. It’s thrilling for the most part, as if you’re being given a crash course in classic songwriting by two young know-it-alls.

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Most remarkable is that this album is basically just a demo. Recorded in Rado’s front room, you can hear the hiss of the tape and nonsensical chatter as songs come and go. It feels authentic, like The Lemon Twigs aren’t hiding anything. And it leaves you wide-eyed when you wonder what they might come up with next time around.

The Lemon Twigs experienced a full on breakthrough last year with the release of their debut album Do Hollywood, which was released via 4AD Records.  Led by the teenage duo of brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, the groups success continues to spill over into 2017 with sold out UK tour, the band recently performed in New York for a sold out performance at Bowery Ballroom on February 21.

Considering that the band (which also features Danny Ayala on keys and Megan Zeankowski on bass) are still teenagers, all that they’ve already accomplished in quite an amazing feat (not to mention both brothers were child actors growing up). The album is a wonderful collection of various sounds and influenced from classic rock, giving their own modern spin, with plenty of finesse and energy.

The Lemon Twigs’ Brian and Michael D’Addario grew up in a musical household while also acting in movies and on Broadway. Now, their theatrical, ’60s-inspired pop is getting noticed by everyone from Quest Love to Elton John. Here’s their performance of “How Lucky Am I?” from their album, “Do Hollywood.”

This was felt throughout their recent live performance at Bowery, which began with Brian playing guitar and singing his songs, while Michael holds down the drums (and constantly twirling the sticks between his fingers), and then sees them trading spaces after the beautiful centerpiece ballad “How Lucky Am I?,” where it becomes Michael’s turn to lead the way.

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Long Island brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario recently put out the album “Do Hollywood”, their debut album under the name the Lemon Twigs. They have shared another one video for “I Wanna Prove To You.” The clip finds director Nick Roney exploring the concept of love by bringing the Lemon Twigs to his real-life grandparents’ house in Utah. As it turns out, the brothers get along a little too well with his grandparents. As Roney explains:

The song is about proving your love which is something I can’t really fathom because of how generally self-centered I am. But I figured my grandparents knew something about it because they had been married for 50-years, so their relationship seemed to make an appropriate backdrop for the video. Overall the experience was heartbreaking for me and I never would have imagined that things would have gone south as they did. Now that my wounds have sort of healed, I wish the Lemon Twigs and my grandparents the best and hold no ill-will against them. My aunt recently told me that the adoption process is underway, which I guess could make for a lively Thanksgiving.

The official video for ‘I Wanna Prove To You’ by The Lemon Twigs, directed by Nick Roney.
Taken from new album ‘Do Hollywood’, out now on 4AD Records,

What were you doing when you were 17 years old? Personally, I was likely still trying to master “Pinball Wizard” on a acoustic guitar, so I certainly wasn’t making music as good as these teen brothers from Long Island. It’s encouraging (and kinda rare) to hear albums like this made by young people who can actually pull off the combo of great melodies, excellent singing and creative arrangements – distilling previous generations of music and creating a new paradigm. Some vintage influences (McCartney, late 60’s eccentric Beach Boys, Bowie, Sparks?) show through here and there, but the songs stand on their own regardless. Jonathan Rado does a fine job capturing it all, but I’d also be curious to hear them with a full on Roy Thomas Baker-style budget.  Good stuff. An Album of the year, I’d say.

These New York pop/rock brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, aka The Lemon Twigs have announced plans for further UK dates next spring, in addition to the run of shows they have currently been playing here.


On sale from this Friday (December 9th), the duo will play the following as part of their European tour:
MARCH 2017
23 BRISTOL, Thekla
26 DUBLIN, The Workmans Club
28 MANCHESTER, Gorilla

The Lemon Twigs‘ debut album, ‘Do Hollywood’, was released in October.


Lemon Twigs are going to divide opinion. This is, perhaps, a strange thing to say about a band who base a lot of their shtick on two of the biggest groups in pop music history – the Beatles and the Beach Boys around whom there is unparalleled critical consensus. Nevertheless, there will be some who consider their reference-rich songs to genuflect too closely to the old masters. Others will simply recoil at their very presence, fearing them to be a hipster contrivance, too good to be true, cynically assembled by an evil record company eager to plug a gap in the market. Look at that image of the main members – Brian and Michael D’Addario – accompanying this article: they also could be out of the Partridge Family .


The D’Addario brothers are, respectively, 19 and 17 years old, and they’re astonishingly good at what they do. Talented, for sure. It’s obviously in their DNA: their dad, Ronnie D’Addario, was an all-playing and producing wunderkind of the Emitt Rhodes type who released a few albums of post styled Beatles Pop in the 70’s. The pair handle all instrumental chores on their forthcoming 4AD debut album, enlisting a little help from two friends when they play live (their first UK gig will be on 19th August at London’s Seabright Arms). Brian plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, horns and strings – he owns a trumpet, a violin and a cello and is a fan of the overdub. Michael has “merely” mastered “the basic band instruments” (guitar, bass, keys, drums). “Brian was really good at instruments from a young age,” Michael said. “I didn’t learn any instruments apart from drums till I was 13. Brian had already learned to play bass and drums when he was in elementary school.”


Brian D’Addario (guitar, vocals, drums, horns, strings), Michael D’Addario (guitar, vocals, drums), Danny Ayala (keyboard), Megan Zeankowski (bass).